San Francisco, CA - This month the San Francisco Community Land Trust (SFCLT), a non-profit affordable housing provider and community organization, welcomes their new Organizational Director, Charles Higgins.
A native of San Francisco, Charles is a social entrepreneur with deep roots in public education, youth development and community wellness with expertise in nonprofit management and strategic growth. As an executive director of six different organizations, he directed youth, family and community programs in Hunters Point, the Western Addition, the Richmond, Excelsior and Mission in SF and East and West Oakland as well as West Marin County.
He joins the San Francisco Community Land Trust after serving as Associate Director at the San Francisco Conservation Corps where he oversaw outreach, recruitment and supportive services for the 18-24 year old TAY population. Previously, he was CEO of the SF Maritime National Park Association; and executive director of the Richmond District Neighborhood Center.
Founded in 2003, the San Francisco Community Land Trust has spent the last 15 years preserving affordable housing and creating resident controlled housing. Today it stewards thirteen properties in seven neighborhoods around the city, providing housing to almost 200 low to moderate income residents.
Most recently, the Land Trust purchased 4042-4048 Fulton, a five unit building in the Richmond District, home to five families – three now retired, who raised their children in the apartments they still live in and two with school aged children who have grown up in the building. Residents are immigrants, school teachers, administrators and local small business owners. When the Land Trust entered into negotiations with the previous owner the main objective was to keep these families in the homes they had spent the last 15 to 40 years in. Today, all of the original residents remain.
“The San Francisco Community Land Trust model is a powerful approach to combating poverty and displacement because it can halt evictions and expand the security of vulnerable residents.” Higgins comments. ”I have witnessed the dramatic change in San Francisco housing as real estate speculators have displaced people from their homes. I’m inspired by the San Francisco Community Land Trust model to create permanent affordable housing and excited to be a part continuing to grow that work!”